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CHC50113 Diploma - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

RTO no. 5025

 

The C&K College of Early Childhood Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will prepare you for employment in regulated care services such as child care, long day care, kindergartens, occasional care and family day care. It is also a popular qualification for those working as nannies, children's programs and running playgroups.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is for people who wish to take on a leadership role in an early childhood service and has a strong emphasis on advocacy for the rights of children; the development of strong relationships, effective workplace processes; inclusive, respectful and responsive workplace culture; and curriculum which focuses on the needs of a child and their individual context.

With a Diploma qualification, you could:

  • Support children’s learning and development in a long day care and kindergarten services where you’ll design, plan, and implement and evaluate the service’s educational program, supervise other educators and engage with parents and community
  • Become a family day care coordinators where you’ll support the educators and manage the standards across a family day care scheme
  • Work in an outside school hours care service

Diploma level educator

You need to: hold or be studying towards an approved diploma qualification to work in a regulated care service.

Study time: 1 to 2 years full-time. Students studying part-time may take 2 to 3 years.

Vocational placement: students completing a Diploma qualification who do not work in a regulated care service, must complete unpaid vocational placement.  This practical component will allow each student to gain experience in a variety of work situations and to put their learning into practice. Students participating in vocational placement will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and receive a positive notice and blue card.

Why study with the C&K College of Early Childhood?

The C&K College of Early Childhood delivers high-quality courses which are capable of delivering the skills and competencies required in the workplace in a meaningful way.

What we do well is provide vocational placement opportunities with sufficient and planned on-the-job learning as this builds shared knowledge and is an effective way of making procedures and expectations of the learning environment explicit. The support provided by the supervisor or mentor in the workplace is key to the success of each student’s learning and progress.

The importance of continuing professional development should not be underestimated – it is a career-long obligation for practicing professionals. The C&K course incorporates a number of ECEC sector professional development (PD) activities. These PD activities will deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be an early childhood professional, along with a greater appreciation of the implications and impacts of your work. Carefully selected PD opens you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas. The assessment process will confirm you have absorbed the necessary skills and your capability to apply them correctly in your work.

The Diploma program offered by C&K College of Early Childhood incorporates the following PD:

  • Dr Kaylene Henderson - Raising Good Kids: Managing Behaviour and Emotions in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings. Online early childhood professional development course series developed specifically for childcare and education professionals. And th newly developed webinar by Dr Kaylene Henderson, 'Promoting Attachment Security, Fostering Wellbeing and Enhancing Developmental Outcomes in ECEC Settings'.
  • Nutrition Australia QLD LEAPS (Learning, Eating, Active Play, Sleep) online training specifically designed to meet the needs of Early Years Educators.
  • Early Years Connect online module series covering Inclusion, Governance, Disability support and Transdisciplinary practice. 

Study Pathways 

C&K College of Early Childhood offers adaptable courses that respond to the latest industry developments and are linked to real employment opportunities.

We offer guaranteed vocational placement and provide a link to employment opportunities, with graduates eligible to apply for a position with the Crèche and Kindergarten Association. Or students may arrange their own vocational placement in an organisation of their choice.

All assessment is competency based and completion of the placement will be based on competent completion of required tasks, however there is a mandatory requirement for you to complete a minimum number of hours for certain units. 

The College offers multiple delivery options for our courses, so you may choose to study in a way that suits your lifestyle.  Students may study on a full-time or part-time basis.

Flexible learning means you may study full-time or part-time through distance learning.  If you prefer the campus experience, you may study in a classroom environment at our training campus at Kedron or anywhere a structured program is running.

If you’re not sure what’s right for you, give us a call. We’re happy to talk you through the options and help you make the best choice to suit your individual situation.

Blended learning: blended learning with flexible study options (self-directed study, phone tutoring, students can opt in and out of classes, vocational placement and work-based assessment) 18 to 36 months …the more time allocated to study will determine when a qualification is achieved.

Apprenticeship: as per the training contract (self-directed study, block release time and/or appropriate structured work-based learning and assessment) – we specialise in finding a training solution which is right for the apprentice, the service and timeframes (usually 18 to 24 months).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have current Early Childhood sector skills and experience, but not a formal qualification, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  The C&K College of Early Childhood recognises prior experience and learning. Students work through a toolkit which allows them to demonstrate their knowledge and skills without completing additional learning. Students can work through the toolkit at their own pace and are assessed on skills and knowledge through the Recognition process. Please contact the C&K College of Early Childhood to discuss how RPL might benefit you. 

Course Summary

Students are provided with the McGraw-Hill The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma textbook and NAQ LEAPSRaising Good Kids: Managing Behaviour and Emotions in Early Childhood Education Settings online professional development course and the newly developed webinar by Dr Kaylene Henderson, 'Promoting Attachment Security, Fostering Wellbeing and Enhancing Developmental Outcomes in ECEC Settings'. 

To gain CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, participants are required to competently complete 28 units of competency (23 core and 5 electives) as follows:

 

UNIT TITLE – elective units nominated by C&K RTO

Diploma

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Core

CHCECE001

Develop cultural competence

Core

CHCECE002

Ensure the health and safety of children

Core

CHCECE003

Provide care for children

Core

CHCECE004

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

Core

CHCECE005

Provide care for babies and toddlers

Core

CHCECE007

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

Core

CHCECE009

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

Core

CHCECE016

Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

Core

CHCECE017

Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

Core

CHCECE018

Nurture creativity in children

Core

CHCECE019

Facilitate compliance in an education and care services

Core

CHCECE020

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

Core

CHCECE021

Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

Core

CHCECE022

Promote children’s agency

Core

CHCECE023

Analyse information to inform learning

Core

CHCECE024

Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development

Core

CHCECE025

Embed sustainable practices in service operations

Core

CHCECE026

Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Core

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically

Core

CHCPRT001

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Core

HLTAID004

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Core

HLTWHS003

Maintain work health and safety

Core

CHCMGT003

Lead the work team

Elective

BSBMGT605

Provide leadership across the organisation

Elective

CHCPOL002

Develop and implement policy

Elective

PSPGEN036

Provide workplace coaching

Elective

CHCPRP003

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective

 

Credit Transfer and First Aid 

The C&K College of Early Childhood does not offer the First Aid competency standard, at this time. Students will need to undertake the required First Aid course (HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting) and provide a copy of the Statement of Attainment to the College for the Credit Transfer process.
Should the College engage a specialist first aid trainer, students will be advised of the cost of attending the first aid course prior to enrolment in the unit and attendance at training workshop.

Entry Requirements

The C&K College of Early Childhood has an online assessment tool for establishing that each student is academically suited and will meet the literacy and numeracy requirements of the program.

Generally, school leavers must have completed Year 12 or equivalent; a sound pass in year 12 English is recommended or proof of competency in core skills to a level appropriate for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. 

Funding Options QLD Department of Education and Training (DET)

To assist with studying funding may be available to eligible students…

Higher Level Skills Program 

The Higher Level Skills Program is for any Queensland resident who does not already hold, or is not already enrolled in, a post-school Australian certificate IV or higher level qualification this includes any equivalent certificate IV or higher level qualification irrespective of whether the qualification is through a university degree, apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.

For more information, please refer to the DET’s website.

Cost to participant: a student co-contribution fee of $140 per unit, or $93 per unit for concessional students is required. The full cost of the diploma is $3,780 (or $2,511 for concessional students). 

User Choice Funding: Apprenticeship Program

The C&K College of Early Childhood provides training for Apprentice study pathway for learners who have secured employment within an approved Early Childhood Education and Care service.  State and Federal subsidised training may be available.  Please contact us for more information. Calculation of the student co-contribution fee is as per the nominal hours per unit of competency.

If you wish to become an Apprentice, visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for tips on securing employment as an Apprentice. Then let your employer know you want to study with C&K College of Early Childhood. 

Full fee paying students

The full cost of the certificate program is $9,180 ($340 per unit). 

C&K staff discount 

  • C&K supports staff undertaking a Traineeship through structured on-the-job and off-the-job paid training when studying with the C&K College of Early Childhood. Please refer to C&K Careers.
  • Employees who enrol in a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, outside of an Apprenticeship pathway, may be eligible for DET subsidised training and receive a staff discount. The discount cost of the diploma course is $1,080 (or $270 for concessional students).
  • Where staff are not eligible for DET subsidised training, C&K staff may undertake individual units at the reduced cost of $250 per unit.
  • C&K employees may also seek financial assistance with the cost of the course under the C&K Education Assistance Policy and/or apply for VET Student Loan

VET Student Loans 

VET Student Loans commenced on January 2017 and offers income contingent loan support to eligible students studying diploma level and above vocational education and training qualifications. Eligible students are entitled for loans up to a capped amount.

The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (trading as C&K College of early Childhood) has been approved as a VSL course provider (under the VET Student Loans Act 2016) until 31 December 2021. The college has also been approved as an exempt provider for tuition assistance effective 1 January 2018 until further notice. Full details of what this means can be found in the attached Statement of Tutition Assurance For Exempt Student Loans (VSL) Providers

Students enrolling in the Diploma course through the C&K College of Early Childhood (RTO no 5205) may be eligible to apply for the Australian Government's Vet Student Loans program. Information for students on how to access a VET Student Loan is available on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training webiste. The VET Student Loans information booklet provides a summary of key points a person applying for or receiving a VET Student Loan needs to know. You must read this booklet before applying for a VET Student Loan.

Please note:

  • Students must have read the VET Student Loans information booklet when applying for a VET Student Loan
  • C&K College of Early Childhood will not approve a VET student loan for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements
  • A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid
  • The VET Student Loans program is a loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay for part, or all, of their tuition fees. The maximum tuition fee for the c&K Diploma course is $9,180. Students who are eligible for subsidised training through the DET Higher Level Skills program may apply for a VET Student Loan to help pay the student co-contribution fee. Please refer to the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care cost schedule at the end of the 2018 Student Guide as the student co-contribution fee ranges from $270 and $3,780 depending on your situation and funding eligibility rules. 

The C&K College of Early Childhood will assess the capacity of each Diploma student to complete the program before enrolment and before the offer of a VET student loan. The minimum requirement for enrolment includes proof of completing Year 12 (or equivalent) or proof of competency in core skills to a level appropriate for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The C&K College of Early Childhood has an online assessment tool for establishing that each student is academically suited and will meet the literacy and numeracy requirements of the program.

The C&K College of Early Childhood provides each student a two-day cooling off period before accepting a VET student loan request form and allows students to withdraw from a course on or before the census date without incurring a debt.  

Pathway to university 

When you hold a diploma, you can do further study to become an early childhood teacher.

The C&K College of Early Childhood has a number of articulation arrangements in place, including:

  • Australian Catholic University – for the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five years) at any location/jurisdiction students will be eligible for 80cp (for specified credit) and for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at any location/jurisdiction students will be eligible for 30cp to 60cp (for specified credit depending on strand)
  • CQ University - nine exemptions into CQ University’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) CC14 or the Bachelor of Education (Primary) CC12.
  • Griffith University – 80CP (70CP if ELEC required) credit transfer towards the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies 240CP for completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

The C&K College of Early Childhood have established a relationship with the Deakin Institute of Koorie Education and  Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who have successfully met the literacy and numeracy standards of the university have been able to enrol into the degree and receive one year of credit for prior learning.   

Applications for study in 2018 are now open

Lodging an Application

When you are ready to lodge your application, please read the Student Guide, Fact Sheet and complete an Application Form and email to ckcollege@candk.asn.au 

Need help?

For assistance with completing your enrolment application, or if you have any questions about the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course, please contact the College Helpdesk on 07 3513 2524 and/or email ckcollege@candk.asn.au